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BlackBerrys Accounted for Only 3% of Smartphones Used in Canada at End of 2017

BlackBerrys Accounted for Only 3% of Smartphones Used in Canada at End of 2017

By Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press

BlackBerry
A man touches the new BlackBerry KEYone before the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. According to online measurement firm comScore, there aren’t many holdouts left in Canada still using a BlackBerry. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Manu Fernandez)

TORONTO – Somewhat reluctantly, Athar Afzal finally gave up on BlackBerry earlier this year.

He was a longtime fan of the iconic Canadian phone brand but his company forced employees who weren’t already using iPhones to transition over. He was ready to make the change though, having grown fed up with the slowness of his aging BlackBerry Priv.

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Mobile Devices to Sound Off with Emergency Test Signal This Week

Mobile Devices to Sound Off with Emergency Test Signal This Week

Alert Ready
A text message from Telus is seen on a smartphone in Toronto on Friday, May 4, 2018. Mobile devices across Canada will be buzzing a little more than usual this week as emergency management officials test the new nationwide public alerting system. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

If you hear an unfamiliar tone emitting from your cell phone this week, don’t be alarmed, it’s only a test.

Alert Ready, Canada’s public emergency alerting system, will carry out a nationwide test and push out notifications to every cell phone and tablet connected to an LTE network. Radio and television broadcasters will also take part in the alert.

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VIDEO: Motorcyclist Hit by Semi on Perimeter Highway

VIDEO: Motorcyclist Hit by Semi on Perimeter Highway

Motorcycle Semi Crash
A screengrab from a video posted by RCMP on Tuesday, showing a semi-trailer truck colliding with a motorcycle on the south Perimeter Highway on April 24, 2018. (RCMP / FACEBOOK)

WINNIPEG — A motorcyclist is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a semi-trailer truck on the Perimeter Highway.

The accident was caught on dashcam April 24 when the semi ran a red light on the Perimeter at McGillivray Boulevard.

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Waze Partners with CAA to Allow In-App Call for Help

Waze Partners with CAA to Allow In-App Call for Help

Waze Traffic - Winnipeg
The Waze traffic app now includes support for CAA members to request roadside assistance.

Drivers in need of roadside assistance now have a new way of calling for help through a partnership between CAA and Waze.

The real-time crowdsourced navigation app will now include a feature for CAA members to request help.

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Alert Ready System to Text Critical Messages to Manitobans

Alert Ready System to Text Critical Messages to Manitobans

Alert ReadyManitoba is preparing to turn on the mobile Alert Ready national public alerting system on Friday, capable of delivering critical emergency information to all LTE-enabled devices.

“Individuals in Manitoba with compatible wireless devices, such as cell phones and smartphones, will be able to receive emergency alerts if they are in the geographic broadcast area,” said Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler.

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Distracted Driving Penalties Could Tangle Up Innocent Motorists: Jackman-Atkinson

Distracted Driving Penalties Could Tangle Up Innocent Motorists: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Cell Phone Driver
A driver talks on his cell phone while driving in Ottawa, Wednesday September 30, 2009. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Across rural Manitoba, residents are concerned about safety. They’re concerned about the ability of the RCMP and local police forces to effectively tackle issues such as property crimes and illegal drugs, in the face of stretched budgets and competing demands on their time. They’re looking for support from the government. The provincial government has introduced new legislation aimed a keeping us safe, but not in the way that many Manitobans, especially those in rural areas, are looking for. Last week, Bill 17 received a first reading.

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Man Robbed at Knifepoint Trying to Sell Phone Online

Man Robbed at Knifepoint Trying to Sell Phone Online

Winnipeg Police CrestWINNIPEG — A man trying to sell his cell phone that he had listed online was robbed of his property at knifepoint on Thursday afternoon.

Winnipeg police say the victim contacted them to report he was in the 500 block of Atlantic Avenue to meet a potential buyer who had entered his vehicle. The suspect took out a machete-style knife and demanded property from the victim, who complied and then fled his own vehicle. The victim wasn’t injured.

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